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News Release: January 4, 2018

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Sam England, Parks and Recreation Section Chief, 304-558-2764, Samuel.A.England@wv.gov

Museum in the Park at Chief Logan State Park expanding services, hours

LOGAN, W.Va. — Visitors to Chief Logan State Park’s Museum in the Park will soon enjoy enhanced services and expanded hours once renovations to the popular attraction are completed by Memorial Day Weekend. These changes are the result of a cooperative agreement to transfer operation of the museum, from the West Virginia Division of Culture and History to the State Parks Section of the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources.

“This winter we will renovate the museum building to accommodate additional visitor amenities and move the current park office out of the maintenance building,” said Chief Logan State Park Superintendent Bruce Collinsworth. “We also will make other needed maintenance and repairs.”

This agreement ensures Museum in the Park will continue as an attraction in southern West Virginia. The museum exhibits, provided by the West Virginia Division of Culture and History, showcase the rich history of southern West Virginia’s natural resources, people and folklife, as well as business and industries of West Virginia, such as Blenko Glass and the company store exhibit. The updated facility will become a visitor’s center with a museum, a new gift shop, public restrooms and state park offices. The museum hours will expand to daily operation, with longer hours in summer months and reduced hours in winter.

“We see this as an important step toward keeping history in the forefront of the park,” said West Virginia State Parks Chief Sam England. “We will continue to provide activities, interpretative relevance, services and hospitality to thousands of park visitors each year.”

“We appreciate that Chief Logan State Park accepted our request to assume the operation of this unique facility in southern West Virginia and to retain the exhibits and displays,” said Randall Reid-Smith, Commissioner of the Division of Culture and History.

Starting Jan. 6, the museum at Chief Logan State Park will be closed for maintenance and renovations. The Museum in the Park has been leased by the West Virginia Division of Culture and History since April 2003. The enhanced museum will reopen to the public by Memorial Day Weekend. There is no admission fee to visit the museum or Chief Logan State Park.